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Rangers Centre-Back Attracting Interest From West Ham: Gerrard’s Team Are A More Attractive Prospect

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Ayush Chaurasia
Sports Management Graduate. Wannabe sports manager/writer and researcher. If not found disscussing about sports, will be seen talking about movies or tv shows. Miserable rest of the times.

According to the reports from Daily Star, Rangers defender Connor Goldson has been linked with a move for West Ham United. The Hammers are tipped to make a swoop for the defender soon. Goldson moved to Rangers under Steven Gerrard from English club Brighton. 

Goldson has established himself as the first-choice centre back under the English manager. It is quite clear that Gerrard thinks of him as his primary defender as he usually rotates the other central defenders and Goldson is more or less permanent in his team.

Given his importance in the first team, we believe that Gerrard is unlikely to sanction a move for him. The English boss recently indicated that none of his crucial players are for sale for any offer. The manager was asked regarding Morelos’ transfer speculations recently, and Gerrard thwarted those rumours along with adding that his other players are also not going to leave in this window.

Gerrard has his say on various transfer speculations

Gerrard said (Daily Record), ”My message won’t change. He’s (Morelos) not for sale, he won’t be sold, and we haven’t received any bid for him. That’s the same for Connor Goldson, Glen Kamara and James Tavernier. None of our best players will be leaving, certainly in this window. We don’t want to sell any of our best players.”

Goldson still has his critics as he has been found wanting defensively on some occasions. However, he has been a consistent performer for large parts. His positioning and rash decision making sometimes lets him down, but Gerrard still rates him as his best defender.

Why are Rangers a more attractive prospect than West Ham right now?

The Englishman is also a leader of sorts at the back as he is often seen shouting orders to his fellow teammates. At West Ham, Goldson will just be another player in the roster, whereas, at Rangers, he is getting to play in Europe and fight for the title. There is no way that even the player should think about moving in January. The Hammers are fighting a relegation battle this season, so it doesn’t make more sense to move away right now.

The Bears have come a long way under Gerrard, and it can be ascertained from the fact that quite a few of their top players are attracting interest from the so-called top 5 leagues of the world. Goldson has been a regular part of Gerrard’s plans over the last two seasons, and it is unlikely to change anytime soon. The centre back could also be a future captain if someone like Tavernier departs from the club and there is no doubt that Gerrard would knock back any approach from the Hammers in this window.

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